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How to integrate VMware Dynamic Environment Manager and Workspace One UEM

Workspace One UEM  and DEM Integration????

With the introduction of VMware Dynamic Environment Manager 2106 and Workspace One UEM 2109, it is possible to combine these two tools. With this it is now also possible to use the power of Dynamic Environment Manager on your non-domain-joined Windows cloud managed devices. You can use VMware Dynamic Environment Manager in integration mode, which refers to an integration of VMware Dynamic Environment Manager and Workspace ONE UEM.

VMware Dynamic Environment Manager uses configuration files to manage user and Windows settings and to dynamically configure the desktop. In standalone mode, the configuration files are stored in a VMware Dynamic Environment Manager configuration share. In integration mode, which is used in combination with Workspace One UEM, the configuration files are contained in a VMware Dynamic Environment Manager config profile file (*.DEMConfig). After you create a VMware Dynamic Environment Manager config profile file, you use Workspace ONE UEM to distribute the file to Workspace ONE UEM endpoints.

Let’s get started!

To see what it takes to integrate VMware DEM in Workspace One UEM, it is best to navigate to:

Groups & Settings –> Configurations –> Dynamic Environment Manager

Here you can see that the following 3 things need to be arranged:

  1. Install the VMware Dynamic Management Console
  2. Create Configuration Files
  3. Deploy the DEM agent to your endpoints and Deliver the config with a UEM device profile

In the next 3 chapters I will discuss these steps one by one.

 

Step1 : Install the management console

Download the .msi from the VMware site –> right click Install –> Next

I accept the terms in the License Agreement –> Next

Browse to the desired location –> Next

 

Select Custom –> Next

Deselect VMware DEM FlexEngine and Select VMware DEM Management Console –> Next

Install

Step2 : Create Configuration Files

After the management console has been installed, the management console must be put in integration mode. Then you can press the configure button in the top right of the ribbon.

Click the integration tab and select Workspace One UEM integration mode and click OK”.

Click OK and restart the Management Console. Now it will start in Workspace One UEM integration

Now it will start in Workspace One UEM integration mode.

Before configuring can be started, the following 2 items must first be imported:

  1. NoAD.XML
  2. License File

The license file is included in the VMware DEM download and a sample NoAD .XML is included in the download as well. I used this sample file during my tests.

After importing the license and NoAd.xml it is time to start configuring your DEM Settings. In this example I configured a few ADMX settings and three Start Menu shortcuts.

Ater configuring your settings it is time to save the configuration file. The file is saved as a .DEMConfig file.

Step3 :  Deploy the DEM agent to your endpoints and Deliver the config with a UEM device profile

Deploy the DEM Agent to your endpoints

In Workspace One UEM navigate to Apps & Books –> Native and select add application

 

Upload the application file (.msi)

Fill all the required fields and navigate to the Deployment Options Tab and use the following install command to install the agent in Integration Mode:

msiexec /i “VMware Dynamic Environment Manager Enterprise <your version>.msi” /qn INTEGRATION_ENABLED=1

 

 

 

Save the configuration and assign the application to the appropriate device group.

 

Deliver the config with a UEM device profile

Now it is time to deliver the previous create .DEMConfig file to your endpoints by using a profile.

In Workspace One UEM navigate to Device –> Profiles & Resources –> Profiles

Select Add Profile

Select Windows

Select Windows Desktop

Select Device Profile

 

Give the Profile a name and select a smart group.

Scroll down to Dynamic Environment Manager and upload the .DEMConfig file and press Save and Publish

Now that all things are configured, it’s time to see if it actually works. In my case a few ADMX based settings, like the wallpaper, are set and the shortcuts are available.

Troubleshooting

In case something doesn’t go as planned or even doesn’t work at all, you can troubleshoot this by examining the logs in the following location.

  • Archive –> %LOCALAPPDATA%\VMware\DEM\Archives
  • LOG –>      %LOCALAPPDATA%\VMware\DEM\Logs

All configuration  files are located at C:\Programdata\Airwatch\DEM.

I hope I was able to explain how easy it is to configure, test and troubleshoot the integration between VMware DEM and Workspace One UEM. If there are any questions, please let me know.

Roderik de Block

Roderik de Block

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